academy awards

Sights and Sounds #7

by Jamie Sanford on March 28, 2011

Time for Sights and Sounds #7.

Kate Winslet covers GlamourKate Winslet looks great and gives good interview in Glamour Magazine. (Red Carpet Fashion Awards)

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Lady Gaga released the “Country Road” version of Born This Way and I love it.

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Also, not to overload the Sights and Sounds post with the Gaga but she did a fun interview at Google the other day too.

Trent Reznor with his Academy AwardTrent Reznor gives a fantastic post-Oscar win interview to Rolling Stone. (The photo is from their site too.)

Nori the ChimpanzeeThank you Zooborns, for making my heart go all mushy for baby animals.  Nori the Chimpanzee is so cute – click for the whole set of photos.

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100 Films in 2011: Jaws

by Jamie Sanford on March 3, 2011

I wish I remembered when I first saw Jaws all the way through.  I can tell you that I think it wasn’t until sometime in the last 6 years, and it has become one of my favorite movies ever.  Like others on this list, I will almost always watch this movie if I catch it on TV and I have some time to waste.

Here is the Jaws trailer.

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15. Jaws! (Available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch!)

I just found out that Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture!  It lost to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and won a few technical awards.

Anyway, this is an iconic movie.  I don’t know if anyone on my list or readers hasn’t seen this movie, because it’s so prominent in culture.  There are references to it everywhere, it spawned multiple horrible sequels.  I knew more about Jaws than I probably wanted to because of the references contained within all of the Kevin Smith movies, including the scar-comparison scene in Chasing Amy that so well mimics the one on the Orca.

So if you don’t know, Jaws is the story of a small town, launched into a full on panic attack after a very large and in charge great white shark invades the area during the summer beach season.  The water-fearing police chief, played by Roy Scheider, is charged with dealing with it, and he ends up on the water, shark hunting with the old salt boat captain played by Robert Shaw, and the young shark expert played by Richard Dreyfuss.

Yeah, we’re definitely gonna need a bigger boat.

I don’t think I’ll give away any more about the film, but I definitely will be acquiring the DVD that I’m listing here as it has fantastic special features – from what I know about it, the making of Jaws is almost as interesting as the movie itself.

The 30th Anniversary Special Edition Jaws DVD is available from Amazon for $9.99.

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Academy Awards Trent Reznor shoutout

by Jamie Sanford on February 28, 2011

So you all know that I’m a huge fan of Trent Reznor.  I had a blast on Twitter celebrating his Academy Award win for Best Original Score with the other NINnies, so may of whom are like me, who spent years wearing black and being depressed and dark and listening to Nine Inch Nails – but who now are adults, wearing suits and having office jobs.

Here’s a video of their acceptance speech:

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But we still love his music, and having felt connected to him for so many years, feel incredibly proud of him and his collaborator Atticus Ross on this amazing accomplishment.  Trent grew up along with us (or us with him?)and now we’re all doing adult things like having kids and winning Oscars.  Well, not all of us are winning Oscars, but you get the idea.

Congratulations Trent and Atticus!

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Sights & Sounds #4.

by Jamie Sanford on February 27, 2011

This will be a short edition of Sights & Sounds, it’s Oscar day and I’ll be blogging my face off later tonight.

New Ke$ha video and it’s amazing, because JAMES VAN DER BEEK is in it. I love that he’s realized that he needs to embrace himself as sort of a joke.  He’s still totally cute though.

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Here’s your Weekly Gaga, a live take on “Born This Way” – acapella! I enjoy her so much – I know the song is taking a big hit for sounding like “Express Yourself” and I get it, but the video comes out tomorrow so I’m hoping for good things.

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Anne Hathaway is hosting the Oscars and is completely beautiful.

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